Bring the Halloween spirit(s) back to life with the safe return of trick-or-treating, haunted houses and cult-classic events.
This year, Toronto’s beloved Halloween shenanigans are coming back to the city. With added safety precautions, including proof of vaccination requirements, most events offering both in-person and digital programming to get you into the spooky spirit. Below, we’ve rounded up the top safe and fun Halloween events for all ages.
Scream it out at Canada's Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland turns from theme park to scream park this October with the return of Halloween Haunt. With monsters, ghouls, live performances and haunted mazes, there is so much more than just rides that will give you the thrills (though if you’re feeling brave, you can embark on a bone-chilling night ride).
Wander a castle’s haunted grounds
The terrifying Toronto favourite, Legends of Horror, returns to the haunted grounds of Casa Loma, North America’s only castle. Voyage your way through an immersive 2-kilometre journey of Casa Loma’s gardens and secret hidden tunnels—you never know which chilling character you’ll bump into along the way.
Spend your Halloween on wheels
Back by popular demand, Halloween Nights of Lights leads cars through more than 1,000,000 LED lights synced up to Halloween tunes. There’s even a trick-or-treat lane if you’d rather roll than walk your way through Halloween night. In the same vein, you can make a night of it and check out the Spooktacular Light Show, located in Markham and Mississauga.
Catch a horror flick
Movie theatres are open and ready to welcome patrons back, both in-person and online. Looking for something to get you in the spooky spirit? The Scotiabank Theatre is presenting the 15th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, showcasing only the best of the new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies.
Sign up for a ghost tour
Are you and the gang stuck on Halloween plans? Might we suggest exploring haunted attractions like The Distillery Historic District, University of Toronto and Black Creek Pioneer Village? Toronto’s Haunted Walk covers ghost sightings, takes you through creepy tunnels and relays spooky love stories. Finally, you’ll get all the ghost gossip and intel.
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Explore a frightening haunted house, if you dare
Toronto’s annual haunted house, Horror Hallways, is back this year. The pitch-black, indoor maze is sure to induce blood-curdling screams, but with added safety precautions. For one, you’ll be screaming into your mask. At least your terror’s muffled, right? Since it’s really scary—emphasis on really—this event isn’t recommended for young children.
Delight in a fabulous Halloween drag show
On October 30th and 31st, the Fall N’ Leaves TO pop-up is hosting Halloween drag shows on their patio. The outdoor food and wine bar is partially heated and has various fall-themed activities to amplify your spooky weekend. Sign up for pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling and wine tasting. Enjoy wood fire-cooked eats and fall-themed cocktails. Yum! If you can score tickets, RuPaul's Drag Race alum Violet Chachski is also coming to slay the city with the 10th annual edition of Night of the Living Drag on October 17th.
Watch a zombie wrestling match
Superkick’d Zombie Wrestling is back for two nights of pro-wrestling and paranormal punching. Every year, costume-clad wrestlers groan, grunt and limp—just like zombies—and hilariously fight one another. Keep an eye out for more events throughout the season!
Stay in and opt for a low-key Halloween filled with yummy eats
Maybe you’re a homebody and don’t feel like going out this year. Or perhaps, like a lot of us, you can’t get enough of seasonal movies and want to hunker down with scary classics. In that case, make it a well-executed binge-fest by donning your comfiest costume (because why not) and ordering in. Because delicious comfort food pairs well with Halloween flicks.